India defeated by USA, to face Japan for 7th place, USA vs ARG for 5th: Hawke’s Bay

The women hockey team of India was defeated by USA in 5th-8th classification match at the Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015. In the other 5th-8th classification match Argentina edged past Japan by 3-2 to set-up Pan-American contest for 5th place (report in later half of this article).

India vs USA during the Hawke's Bay Cup 2015 (Women's Hockey) in New Zealand

India vs USA during the Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015 (Women’s Hockey) in New Zealand

The classification match between India and USA witnessed yet another round of an exciting clash as each team looked at creating pressure through their attacks and cashing on the opportunities. It was USA which managed to capitalize and going on to beat India 3-0.

Immediately into the match both teams started with an intention of score the initial goal and taking one up in the match. In the 10th minute USA got a penalty corner in their name which they converted through the stick of Kathleen Sharkey. Not wasting further time they doubled their accounts in the 14th minute Katie O’Donnell scored through a smart field goal. Wit 2-0 on board, USA was leading the first quarter. Continue reading →

India to play in Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey (W) in Hastings (NZL)

India’s women hockey team will feature in the 2015 Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey women’s tournament (Hawke’s Bay Cup) to be held from 11th to 19th April. Matches at the Festival of Hockey will be hosted at both the Regional Sports Park in Hastings and Park Island in Napier (New Zealand).

Indian women hockey team at Park Island in Napier New Zealand (Credits: Jay Hughes)

Indian women hockey team at Park Island in Napier New Zealand (Credits: Jay Hughes)

Next month, India will be playing in FIH World League Round 2, to be held in New Delhi from 07 – 15 March, 2015. Hawke’s Bay Cup (in April) will be good exposure for Indian women, who are expected to qualify for FIH World League Round 3 to be held in June, that is their final chance to book a place in Rio Olympics. Continue reading →

Australia and Netherlands top FIH World Hockey Rankings, India 9th

Good performances at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup means Argentina men’s team and the USA women’s team climb FIH World Hockey rankings

FIH World Hockey Rankings June 2014

FIH World Hockey Rankings June 2014

The latest FIH (International Hockey Federation) men’s and women’s world rankings have been released today following the conclusion of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. The winners of both the Men’s and Women’s World Cup – Australia and the Netherlands – have maintained their positions at the top of the FIH World Hockey Rankings. Continue reading →

Netherlands women crowned Rabobank Hockey World Cup champions

The Netherlands have been crowned as winners of the Women’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014.

  • IOC President Thomas Bach joins FIH President Leandro Negre on stage for prize-giving ceremony
  • Eight-time World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar scores two in Argentina bronze-medal win
  • A capacity 15,000-member crowd cheered the Netherlands on to gold

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach joined International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) President Leandro Negre on stage for the prize-giving ceremony in The Hague. President Bach travelled to the Netherlands along with many IOC members to witness FIH’s hugely successful showpiece.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 – Women: Final standings
Gold: The Netherlands; Silver: Australia; Bronze: Argentina; 4th: USA; 5th: New Zealand; 6th: China; 7th: Korea; 8th: Germany; 9th: South Africa; 10th: Japan; 11th: England; 12th: Belgium

Tournament Awards
Rabobank Best Player: Ellen Hoog, Netherlands
Hero Best Junior Player: Florencia Habif, Argentina
Interpolis Best Goalkeeper: Rachael Lynch, Australia
Hero Top Scorer: Maartje Paumen, Netherlands
Adidas Best Goal: Kim Lammers, Netherlands Continue reading →

Netherlands Won Women’s RHWC2014, Silver for Hockeyroos

The hosts and London Olympics Gold Medalist, Netherlands women’s Hockey team defeated Hockeyroos to win the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague.

Netherlands: The Champions of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague (Credits: FIH / Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

Netherlands: The Champions of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague (Credits: FIH / Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

Final Standings: 1. Netherlands (gold medal); 2. Australia (silver medal); 3. Argentina (bronze medal); 4. USA; 5. New Zealand; 6. China; 7. Korea; 8. Germany; 9. South Africa; 10. Japan; 11. England; 12. Belgium
Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 Awards:
Rabobank Best Player: Ellen Hoog, Netherlands
Hero Best Junior Player: Florencia Habif, Argentina
Interpolis Best Goalkeeper: Rachael Lynch, Australia
Hero Top Scorer: Maartje Paumen, Netherlands
Adidas Best Goal: Kim Lammers, Netherlands

With winning the silver medal, the Hockeyroos are expected to rise to second in the world rankings. It is the Australian women’s third World Cup silver medal, adding to those won in 1990 and 2006. Continue reading →

RHWC2014: Hockeyroos face hosts Netherlands in the Women’s Final

The Hockeyroos are through to Saturday’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 final after a thrilling semi-final with the USA finished with Australia taking victory, 3-1 in the shoot-out after a 2-2 draw. They will meet the hosts, the Netherlands, in the final after the Olympic champions beat the defending World Cup winners Argentina 4-0 in the second semi-final.

The Hockeyroos react to winning the shoot-out against USA in the Semi-Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

The Hockeyroos react to winning the shoot-out against USA in the Semi-Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

The girls in orange outclassed the Las Leonas with three goals in opening 22 minutes through Xen De Waard, Maartje Paumen and Kim Lammers, while 4th goal of Netherlands and 2nd of Lammers came in last minute of the game. Continue reading →